Pilates Is Whole Body Fitness
Pilates is considered “Whole Body Fitness.” Unlike popular strength training methods, Pilates does not over develop some parts of the body and under develop others. It trains the body as a whole, leading to many health benefits.
It will create strength without bulk, increases breath efficiency, increase flexibility, develop core strength, improve posture, increase energy, and increase mind/body awareness and connection. There are far too many benefits to mention.
It is adaptable to many fitness levels, ages, populations and needs. Depending on your level of fitness and experience, the Classical Method of Pilates may be enhanced or modified to meet your individual needs. Although this may require a well-trained Classical Instructor, it is well worth the effort. Building from core strength with a focus on proper alignment and a body/mind integrative approach, this makes Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to an individual’s personal needs. The Classical System is a proven method since the 1920s. It should have been tweaked a little for safety, following safety regulations set by the science and exercise industry, but still remain Classical. Some Classical methods have not “tweaked” their instructor training following the exercise industry’s safety guidelines, and others call themselves “Evolved,” which really means to me, “as long as I cue the core I’ll call it Pilates.” Choose your instructor wisely.
There is no magic to the method but many consider it and treat it as a mystery in its healing benefits. There really is no mystery at all. It is the Classical method that holds the key to exercising without pain and with efficient movement for all from seniors to athletes.
Within the Classical method, you will find consistency in the workout. This offers the opportunity for the body to create muscle memory, which is particularly beneficial for individuals who are very tight, inflexible and even those with some neurological disorders. If training with an experienced/certified instructor in the Classical Method, your instructor will not participate but with a trained eye watch your movement while exercising and guide you to rethink how you move and breathe. That is how the MAGIC happens. Learning how to correct your own body so that you may carry these ideals into your daily activities is the key to success. Through your own efforts, being armed with new information and awareness, your body should change or improve having positive results. There can be many different benefits depending on your individual needs including no additional pain, less pain, or complete pain relief, Notice I said, “Through your own efforts.”
You must seek the right instructor for you, set a plan into action, and follow through. The body does not always give way immediately. Most folks feel good, feel taller and stronger quickly, yet it is through continued practice, many layers of learning, mentally and physically, that the body will guide itself into efficiency and better health.
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